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Resume Objectives - Benefits & Pitfalls

How-to make your resume stand out

A popular assumption when writing a resume is to include resume objectives. Your initial notion to incorporate this method of attraction may seem like a feasible option. Though you might want to reconsider the message being communicated. Take for example the following resume objective:

"A challenging position that will utilize my knowledge, experience, and skills."

Seems quite vague... doesn't it? Most anyone looking for employment wants to find a job that matches their skills and talents. The same goes for employers and recruiters. They are looking to fill a position with a qualified applicant but, the above mentioned resume objective offers no clear direction in what the job candidate is looking to do.

Unfortunately, resume objectives tend to be overlooked. This is due to how unfocused and generalized job objectives tend to be. A better more qualified approached would be to include your resume objectives within your cover letter.

A cover letter allows you to communicate in more depth and focus your desired employment objectives. Many employers perceive applicants who have submitted cover letters to be professional and willing to invest the extra time necessary to get the job done. The also shows that you are able to think outside the box.

Because you have more "real estate" when writing a cover letter, resume objectives can be communicated in much greater detail. Use this important job tool not only to convey desired employment objectives but, also show the potential employer why you are the best person for the job, most qualified, and even what excites you about the company or position.

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